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February 1, 2013

Clark County Commissioners approve 911 contract

County in talks with municipalities to share $16,500 monthly bill

JEFFERSONVILLE — The Clark County Commissioners approved a month-to-month contract with AT&T for 911 services at a meeting Thursday.

The contract, which is retroactive to October 2012, is for $16,500. The commissioners had tabled signing off on the agreement at a previous meeting.

The commissioners are hopeful that the county’s larger municipalities — primarily Jeffersonville and Clarksville — will help pay the 911 bill. The county is responsible for the bill. The consolidation of 911 services is mandated by the state to be completed by the end of 2014.

“The problem is, the state mandated us to consolidate, but they didn’t mandate the municipalities to participate,” said Commissioner John Perkins.

County Attorney Jacob Elder said he had had productive preliminary talks with Clarksville officials concerning payments for 911 services.

“I thought it went really well,” Elder said.

The commissioners voted 2-0 to approve the contract. Commissioner Rick Stephenson was absent from the meeting. Commissioner Jack Coffman said Stephenson was ill.

OLD SALEM ROAD AMENDMENT

The commissioners approved an Indiana Department of Transportation amendment to contribute $400,000 toward improvements to Old Salem Road, which runs through Utica, Jeffersonville and some unincorporated areas of Clark County.

The county will make its contribution toward the project by using credits earned from INDOT last year when it took over 18 miles of roads and five bridges from the state. The county received $4.6 million in credits from INDOT in the deal.

Old Salem Road will be the site of the first exit off of Interstate 265 in Indiana once the East End Bridge is complete, Coffman said.

“They [INDOT] don’t want to build a bridge that dumps into an inadequate road,” Coffman said.

Parts of Old Salem Road are maintained by Clark County, Jeffersonville and Utica. Perkins said he hopes the municipalities are willing to help pay their share for the improvements.

FORESTRY REVENUE SHARING

Pat Cleary from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry appeared before the commissioners to present a check for $57,377 to the county as part of an annual distribution of timber sale revenue.

The Division of Forestry allocates 15 percent of all revenue from timber sales administered by Division personnel on state-owned land to counties in which harvests occur, according to a DNR release. Each county receiving funds shares half with rural and volunteer fire departments that maintain a cooperative agreement with the DNR’s Fire Control Headquarters.

The county’s distribution is significantly higher this year because the March 2, 2012 tornado that cut through Henryville, Marysville and other parts of Clark County resulted in the need to clear a large amount of damaged trees, Cleary said.

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